Level 42 – 43: Bassline Tab and Tutorial Lesson

2019-02-12T13:32:50+00:00March 25th, 2016|Categories: Slap Bass|7 Comments

In this video I’m going to be showing you how to play the main riff from the tune 43 by Level 42. This is a classic Mark King slap riff and pretty tough to learn when you first try it.

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43 – Level 42 – Riff Breakdown

43 is a classic slap bass riff played by the legendary Mark King of Level 42. The riff features many aspects of Mark King’s playing style and can be pretty tricky to play for those just getting started with the slap bass technique.

I’d advise learning the riff in smaller sections as shown below. The practice tracks are provided at a variety of tempi:

Practice Tracks:





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7 Comments

  1. Mark S Beretta March 25, 2016 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Amazing , this kind of reminds me of Running for Cover which I never got the flamingo flare worked into , yet.
    Thanks Mark this sounds really good.

  2. Greg Hamilton April 11, 2016 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Love Mark King’s Slap lines. Learning a lot. More please! 🙂

  3. Ray Sareth April 12, 2016 at 2:18 am - Reply

    this is a amazing lesson!

  4. Mark S Beretta April 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Over a year ago I saw Mark Smith playing “Love Games” with Mr. King’s fretting hand slaps , I thought that was nice and sounded great. Today I have this style down well , left hand bangdown is what I call it.
    Good thing I started that a year ago and slap style in general because my right hand is curled up nerve damage from a rollover car accident I had when 23 , soon I will be 60. My index finger and ring finger clang together but I can still pluck my bass strings using a plastic finger separator that looks like brass knuckles leaving my thumb free to move about to slap.
    When your body tells you no find another way , slapping , muted ghost plucks , hammeron palm mutes.
    Machine gun triplet licks are killer once coordined into muscle memory.
    This lesson from Mark helped me very much , dont try typing with one hand.
    https://www.talkingbass.net/funky-slap-bass-fills-how-to-practice-them/

  5. Ray Sareth May 1, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    such a great lesson! love you and mark king!

  6. michael_squire January 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Great lesson!! Complex rhythm, but your transcription helps to understand. Thank you so much. At 15:03 (measure 8) it should be “… is to use *three* ghost notes in there”.

    • michael_squire February 12, 2017 at 8:30 am - Reply

      Finally managed to play it. :)) Now I understand why you said *four*. Many many thanks once again!

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